New Partnership Process for IHN Collaboration

April 14, 2015

A new process has been developed for academic researchers to foster bi-directional community partnerships with the St. Louis Integrated Health Network (IHN) for network-wide collaborations.

As an organization, the IHN collaborates with hospitals, community health centers, and other safety-net institutions to increase access to high quality, affordable healthcare for all residents of the St. Louis metropolitan area. This new process has been developed to seize and create opportunities for research partnership with academic institutions in an effort to encourage an evidence-based, regional approach to local health care delivery and comprehensive patient-centered collaborations.

Priorities for IHN network-wide research and evaluation are grounded in community-defined focus areas. The four priority areas identified by St. Louis community health centers for academic research partnership are:

  • Obesity
  • Childhood asthma
  • Behavioral health
  • Women’s health

Additionally, there may also be opportunities to collaborate with a regional resource through the Missouri Primary Care Association, which hosts a database of community health center clinical information.

Benefits of the partnership process: 

  • Ability to align research project ideas with community needs
  • Increased potential for sustainability
  • Streamlined connection process to begin building relationships for network-wide collaborations
  • Increased engagement with partners during proposal development
  • Early opportunities to develop a memorandum of understanding that can be applied to the proposal
  • Learning more about the partners’ ideas and interests

Bi-directional collaboration between academic researchers and existing IHN institutions is essential for competitive applications. Through this new process, the IHN will consider opportunities to collaborate with academic partners on projects that reflect the mission, priority areas, and programming of the network and have the capacity to engage at least four of the member organizations of the IHN.

Academic representatives interested in collaborating with the IHN should review the material below. Please contact Victoria Anwuri at vanwuri@wustl.edu if you have any questions.

For more information and for all of the required forms and materials, please visit the IHN website